Winter has truly arrived as gritters out for first time

Gritter out at night

Gritter out at night

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Gritters have been in action in Bucks for the first time this winter.

The county council completed its first gritting run of the 2013/2014 winter season on Tuesday night, covering nearly 880 miles (1,405km) of the county’s road network.

Road surface temperatures fell to just below freezing, with the coldest recorded at -0.3 degrees C, meaning that gritting needed to take place to make sure ice could not form on the treated roads.

Gritting runs took place at 7pm to ensure that the salt had time to work before the peak morning traffic hours.

Last year, the fleet of 25 gritters completed 78 precautionary route gritting runs throughout the county, and this year is fully prepared for winter weather, with salt stocksof more than10,000 tonnes.